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Ways to trade

You have three routes to the financial markets with IG – options, spread betting and CFD trading. Each offers you a unique set of advantages.

Barriers and vanilla options, spread betting and CFDs

Fast-moving financial products for those seeking short-term opportunity, from a provider with 45 years’ trading expertise.

No need to own assets

Options, spread bets and CFDs are derivative products, so you can take a position on a market’s price without owning any assets.

Go long or short

Unlike traditional investing, options, spread bets and CFDs allow you to take advantage of both falling and rising market prices.

Take your capital further

You needn’t put up the full value of your position when you open, as options, spread bets and CFDs are leveraged. However losses, as well as profits, are magnified.

Never stay below zero

If your account balance goes negative we’ll bring it back to zero, whether you’re spread betting or trading CFDs.2

What’s best for me?

Options enable you to find leverage and risk that works for you, as well as trade in a range of market conditions. Spread bets keep your profits free from capital gains tax, while CFDs offer direct market access (DMA), providing increased transparency that’s useful for hedging.

Options

Contracts giving you the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a predefined price and date.

  • Full control of your leverage with barrier options
  • Trade on volatility with vanilla options
  • You choose your total risk (except when selling vanilla options)
  • Barrier option prices move one-for-one with the underlying, vanilla prices sensitive to a range of factors1
  • Negative balance protection2
  • No stamp duty3

Spread betting


A bet on the future change in price of a financial market.



  • No capital gains tax to pay on profits3
  • No commission, just our spread
  • Control your risk with stops and other tools
  • Prices move one-for-one with the underlying
  • Negative balance protection2
  • No stamp duty3

CFDs

An agreement to exchange the difference in the price of a market between the opening and closing of a trade.

  • Leveraged trading, using margin
  • DMA on shares and forex (to trade with DMA on forex, you’ll need to qualify for an IG professional account)
  • Control your risk with stops and other tools
  • Prices move one-for-one with the underlying
  • Negative balance protection2
  • No stamp duty3

Forex trading

You can trade on forex prices using options, spread betting and CFDs, which give you access to our wide range of major, minor and exotic currency pairs through our powerful platforms.

  • Competitive spreads
  • More 24-hour markets than anywhere else

Other markets

Trade on low spreads across more than 16,000 markets, with some available 24/7.

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1 This is not the case when the knock-out premium changes. If the knock-out premium changes, the price of the barrier option will move by the amount the premium changes.

2 Negative balance protection does not apply to professional traders.

3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Options are complex financial instruments and your capital is at risk. Losses may be extremely rapid.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.